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Smart city and IoT data will boost urban security for the citizen

In the near future, smart cities will provide intelligent resource applications for energy, water, mobility and parking spaces, not to mention a new generation of real-time and time-critical locational services linked to health care, entertainment and other activities. This scenario raises significant security issues...

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (20/11/2017)

1. Deployment of advanced caller location solutions using GNSS in an E112 call to the public safety answering point So far, advanced mobile location (AML) has been deployed in Estonia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, and several regions of Austria. It has also been tested in Italy. The contractor should deploy AML in at least 7 additional Member States where AML has …

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (20/11/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: CEASEVAL: Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development Since 2015, migration towards and within Europe has created a ‘stress’ in the EU asylum and migration systems, challenging the adequacy of the legal design of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). This impacted the implementation of both the CEAS and national …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (20/11/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: SPACE Week 2017 21-23 November 2017, Rome, Italy Annual European Defence Agency Defence and Security Conference 23 November 2017 (TBC), Brussels, Belgium Eleventh meeting of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES 11) 23-24 November 2017, Helsinki, Finland 17th PSCE Conference 28-29 November …

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Can ‘strategic communications’ expose fake news – and how?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – “We all know the power of fake news, and how difficult it is to address,” says Frederica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign and security policy chief, “Knowing the threat is essential, but not enough.” She addressed her remarks to a 2 October conference here, entitled “Hybrid Threats and the EU: State of Play and Future Progress.” But what is a hybrid threat exactly? Daniel Fiott, security and defence editor at the Paris-based EU Institute for Security Studies, offered one definition riffed from Carl von Clausewitz. While the Prussian military theorist said that war is “politics by other means”, hybrid threats, according to Fiott, constitute “war by other means.” That inversion of Clausewitz’s aphorism, however, holds a special challenge for Western governments in that some of their counter-efforts inevitably risk...

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The dark web’s evolving battle between the black and white hats

By BROOKS TIGNER , KRAKOW – According to expert estimates, the web sites visited each day on the internet by the majority of users constitute less than 5 percent of the cyber-environment’s total resources. The rest resides in the more difficult-to-access area known as the “dark” or deep web and is mainly the lair of organised crime groups and terrorists. This is where crypto-currencies, arms and human trafficking transactions, child pornography and especially massive levels of financial fraud take place. As debated during the 9-10 October Cybersec 2017 conference here, Europe’s police and law enforcement agencies face arduous obstacles in their efforts to track who uses the dark web, how to gather evidence of wrong-doing and how to ensure that prosecution of cyber criminals leads to actual conviction and jail sentencing. Those obstacles fall into...

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The EU’s new cyber security package already needs an upgrade

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – In June, a 13-year-old United Nations panel on cybersecurity abruptly and acrimoniously disbanded. The panel, known formally as the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) in information and telecommunications, reportedly collapsed because participants could not agree on a ‘right to self-defence’ against cyber-attacks as ground in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. Russia and China opposed the formal declaration of such a right, fearful that self-declared victims could use their status as a pretext for sanctions or other actions. With the UN paralyzed, the private sector is...

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Pandemics: what the public demands to raise trust in authority

By MATTHEW SCHILKA, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – When the H1N1 pandemic, or “Swine Flu”, made headlines in 2009 it generated a wave of fear throughout Western countries. Although the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that more than 2300 people died from the flu in the EU alone, its consequences were less serious than some experts predicted. One of the consequences of H1N1 saw the public’s confidence in health authorities plummet, social media participants calling into question official statements on the pandemic’s potential impact. One of the key remedies, argues an EU-funded initiative, is for...

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Left in the dark since 2009, Lisbon Treaty’s structured security and defence option now set to get its day in the sun

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – The EU’s 2009 Lisbon Treaty has always contained the promise of far greater cooperation between its member states than the latter have cared to pursue. Its Article 42(6) allows for so-called permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) among self-selected countries in any field, including defence. That prospect is moving toward reality as EU policymakers and those from key member states Germany and France prepare to unveil a PESCO proposal by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Defence policy adherents in Brussels are pouring over the possibilities for pushing Europe’s weak and fragemented military landscape toward a more coherent and stronger one. But how realistic are these expectations? Some indication of PESCO’s potential – but also its shortcomings – for the future emerged during...

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EU needs a strong Germany for defence, but Germans say nein

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – “It’s high time for Germany to step out of the shadow of its past,” Paul Taylor, columnist for Politico, declared at a 10 October presentation of his report, “Jumping Over Its Shadow: Germany and the Future of European Defence”. With Europeans fearful that US President Donald Trump’s tough talk on EU defence spending may signal an American disengagement from Europe, EU experts believe the time may be ripe for...

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